State Assembly District 2

Don Guardian

Don Guardian

Don Guardian was sworn in as assemblyman in January 2022.

Guardian earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 1975 from Upsala College in East Orange. His first job after graduation was with the Boy Scouts of America, where he worked until 1980. He was a Claridge Casino Hotel executive from 1991 to 1993 and ran the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority’s Special Improvement District from 1992 until 2013. He most recently served as Toms River Township business administrator.

Previously, Guardian was mayor of Atlantic City from 2014 to 2018. In a city with just 10% Republican registration, he became the first Republican mayor in almost 25 years.

He is actively involved in Rotary International, Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association, the Atlantic County Improvement Authority, and the NAACP.

Guardian resides with his husband, Louis Fatato, in Atlantic City.

Claire Swift

Claire Swift

A life-long resident of Atlantic County, Claire Swift was sworn in as assemblywoman in January 2022.

Swift earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 and a law degree from Widener University Law School in 1999.

She clerked in Atlantic City for Michael Winkelstein, the assignment judge for Superior Court in Atlantic and Cape May counties, from 1999 to 2000. Following her role as a deputy attorney general from 2000 to 2003, she started a law firm with two of her brothers.

She has been a member of the Atlantic County Bar Association since 2005 and has served on the Committee of Character and Fitness for the state board of Bar Examiners from 2013 to 2016.

An active volunteer in her local community, she has served as a member of the Stockton’s Women’s Leadership Council since 2019, the Atlantic County Chamber of Commerce since 2018, and the Atlantic County Board of Realtors since 2005.

Swift lives in Margate with her husband, John, and three children, Jack, Anthony and Claire. They reside on the same street where she grew up with her father and seven siblings.